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President's Report
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August 26, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of the entire membership of Branch 725, I would like to congratulate the three brothers from Marcus Hook Post Office for joining the Million Mile Club, Gerry Remaley, Don Wolfe
and Bill Moore. These three brothers all have over thirty years of driving accident free, that is an amazing statistic. The area that these brothers work in is very congested and it is a growing
area.  Be safe and especially be smart.

Again congrats to Gerry, Don and Bill.

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725
Former President
Jimmy McCullough
Rhonda Massari
President

June 12, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

The Branch has put out a notice to all CCAs who were promoted to career status. The memo states that CCAs will be not approved for annual leave.  The CCAs who are promoted to career
are the ones that will be denied annual leave. The CCAs who remain CCAs may apply for annual leave. This is how absurd the Postal Service's position about this issue. A career employee
cannot get annual leave, but a non-career employee can.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725  

July 1, 2014

To all CCAs converted to career status, the Postal service is contending that any CCA regardless if the were TEs prior to becoming a CCA, must go through a new probationary period.
The branch has filed a grievance contending that this is incorrect. A Memorandum of Understanding (M-01826) dated October of 2013, and signed by both the NALC and the USPS, that
states very clearly that a CCA who had serve as a TE and "successfully served as a transitional employee will not have to serve another probationary period.  Unfortunately, the Postal
service will not allow the CCAs to use their annual leave until the probationary period is over. The grievance went to the DRT and was sent to inpasse.
This means that it may go to arbitration.

To all CCAs, do not apply for annual leave, until this issue is resolved.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

July 1, 2014

Attention Shop Stewards,

Management is violating Article 41.2.B.5, in some of our offices. Management is "bumping" CCAs off their hold-downs, contending that they do not have sufficient work to keep the full-time
Letter Carriers working 8 hours in a given day. If Management is paying overtime on a given day how the hell do you not have sufficient work for the full-time Carriers? As usual Management
has a different National Agreement than we have.  Article 41.2.B.5 states "that once an available hold-down position is awarded the opting employee "shall work that duty assignment for its
duration. (JCAM 41-12)".  Bumping is still a last resort.

If you have any questions, please call the Union office. Be alert to this growing problem.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

July 1, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

The hot days of summer are now upon us. Please make sure that you are properly hydrated, especially during the hottest part of the day, the afternoon. The Postal service was recently
fined $70,000 by OSHA for the unfortunate death of a Letter Carrier,while working in the heat. If possible park the vehicle under a tree and take every precaution to make sure that you do not
suffer heat stroke, if you feel dizzy, find some shade and drink plenty of liquids.

Be safe and especially be smart.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

January 10, 2016

Retirement - Newtown Square












On Saturday night , I had the pleasure of attending a retirement celebration for Letter Carrier Steve Kawecki of the Newtown Square Post Office. He was surrounded by his friends and
co-workers who sent him off into retirement in style. Please join me in wishing Steve a very happy and healthy retirement. Thanks for your many years of service. You will be missed.
Pictured Rhonda Massari (left) Steve Kawecki (center) and shop steward Paul Bongarten (right)
2nd picture (carriers of Newtown Square)

Rhonda Massari
President Branch 725

January 8, 2016

You Are Invited

Celebration of Letter Carriers and Installation Dinner

To all the Brothers/Sisters,


























Rhonda Massari

President Branch 725

December 9, 2015

Happy Holidays

To all the Brothers/Sisters,

I would like to wish you and your families the best of the holiday season. This will be the last time as president of this great branch to extend my best wishes to all the members of branch
725, a happy and healthy holiday season. I know that you will be working many hours in the upcoming days till Christmas arrives and it is sometimes hard to have a great holiday season,
when you are working all these hours.  But it is important that during this season you enjoy the times with your families. That is the most important thing about the holiday season, being
with your loved ones.  I wish you and your families nothing but the best in the new year, stay healthy, and God bless all of you.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough

December 3, 2015

Kaizen Project

Brother/Sister,

In region 12 there are rumors about a program about Voluntary Improvement Project called the "Kaizen Project". It is an eastern Area MANAGEMENT project that ask employees to
volunteer to discuss work issues to help improve mail distribution and delivery.   This project is NOT an NALC/USPS mutually agreed to project. We should not and will not volunteer to
work with Management on any project that they unilaterally want to initiate.

Any questions about this issue feel free to call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725

November 19, 2015

Exclusion of Penalty Overtime

This year for the month of December (Pay Period 26-15), the exclusion of Penalty Overtime will start on December 5, 2015 and will end (Pay Period 1-16) January 1, 2016, as per Article 8
(Hours Of Work) Sections 4-5.  Any questions please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725

November 17, 2015

Million Mile Drivers and Carriers over 40 years service










I had the pleasure to visit two of the offices in the branch today to thank the carriers from these offices for their safe driving and for years of service.  First, at the Glenolden Post Office Mike
Duffy has joined the million mile club. Congrats to you Mike, for a awesome job well done. Also, two Letter Carriers have past the 40  years of service, Ray Johnson has almost 48 years,
THAT'S RIGHT 48 years  and Tom Feehery has over 40 years. Congrats, to both for a job well done.  Secondly, I attended another safety recognition at the Norwood Post Office. Eight
carriers were recognized for their safe driving record. Bill Brooks, Steve Donegan, Mike McDevitt, Kevin Laskowski, Lisa Oswald, Ed O'Brien, Jackie Coleman and Cliff Daisy.  Again
congrats to all the Brothers and Sisters for a great job.  Please be safe, the mail will be picking up and the hours will be getting longer.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you and your families.


With My Best wishes,
Jim McCullough
President  Branch 725

November 12, 2015

Thanksgiving day holiday

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of the Executive Board of Branch 725, let me wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving holiday.  Hopefully, we have things to be thankful for, especially the health of you
and your families, and hopefully this year the Congress will begin to pass some sort of ostal reform. The long Christmas season is coming very quickly and the hours will be long and
arduous, but as usual the Letter Carriers of branch 725 will step up and take care of business.  Again, my personal best wishes to all the dedicated Brothers/Sisters of Branch 725, for a
happy and healthy holiday season. Also, thank all of you for your support over the last 12 years.

Be safe.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

November 6, 2015

Text messages on mobile devices

Brothers/Sisters,

It has come to the attention of the Union that Management is using the MDD scanners to send text messages to the Carriers about their performances and time spent at a specific location.  
This is not proper and the District Manager has been informed of this and has stated it will stop  The only thing that the MDD scanner can be used for "TO CONTACT ON DUTY CARRIERS
VIA THE MOBILE DELIVERY DEVICE FOR LIMITED USPS BUSINESS OR AN EMERGENCY."

If you are having this problem please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President

October 29, 2015

New Leave Year

Brothers/Sister,

The new leave will start on January 9,2016. All craft employees have to be down to 440 hours of Annual Leave by the date or you will lose the leave over 440. Make sure that you do not lose
the leave that you have earned. Submit the PS form 3971, requesting leave. Please do not lose any leave.

If you have any questions, please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725

October 27, 2015

Medicare Premium Fairness Act


On October 15, 2015, the Medicare Premium Fairness Act was unveiled in the Congress. The act is a result of the fact that social security has stated that there will be no cost-of -living this
year for those who receive social security.  Under current law, when there is no-cost-of-living adjustment, Medicare Part B premiums cannot be raised for people who already are receiving
social security checks. The social security act has a provision that states a "hold harmless" provision that states the dollar increase in the Part B premium is limited to the social security in
the COLA. With no COLA this year the "held harmless  will be enacted and the premiums for those individuals will remain at $104.90 a month.  This provision however, does not cover all
people. Among those who are covered by CSRS and do not receive social security benefits, there premiums may rise by as much as 52%.

Please call your representative and senator and tell them to support the Medicare Premium Fairness Act. ( Phone Number 1-202-224-3121).

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

October 14, 2015

Formal A Training and Beyond

National is offering Formal A Training.  If you feel you may qualify for this training and wish to attend please contact me.  We would love to send every Steward to this training but they are
only going to select 80 people.  Like all training offered by National they have a limited amount of slots.
 

Check this link and see if you are interested.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

September 14, 2015

2016 Color Coded Calenders

Brothers/Sisters,

Good news !  The 2016 color coded calendars are in, they will be available at the October's meetings at the American Legion Hall in Glenolden on October 7, 2015.  The price is $5.00 a
piece. We have 500 calendars.  See you in October.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

August 28. 2015

Ardmore retirement

Yesterday, an Ardmore legend retired from the Ardmore Post Office. "Louie" Needles has joined the many brothers and sisters who have recently retired from the Postal Service. "Louie"
had worked 35 years all at the Ardmore station. Louie was always a gentlemen and a well liked carrier in Ardmore.  On behalf of the entire membership of Branch 725, Louie, have a long
and healthy retirement.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

August 18. 2015

Gerry Gallagher's 40 plus years








Congratulations go out to Gerry Gallagher, for his 40 years plus service to the Postal Service. Not only does Gerry perform as a Letter Carrier in Media, he has been the shop steward for
over twenty years. He is also the Director of the Hospital Plan for the NALC.  Gerry was the Vice-President of the branch for 3 years.  Congrats again Gerry, stay healthy.

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

August 5. 2015

Retirement at West Chester













I attended the retirement of our brother Kevin Johnson Sr. aka "KJ" at the West Chester Post Office, on August 3rd. KJ had 30 years of service and all the employees spoke well of him.  I
speak for all the members of Branch 725, in wishing KJ a long and healthy retirement.  Again, the employees of the West Chester Office went above and beyond and had a nice spread of
food and a cake and a gift for KJ  Kevin, enjoy your retirement and stay healthy.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

July 22, 2015

Coatesville Retirees









I had the pleasure today to visit the Coatesville Post Office for the retirement of two of our brothers. Vince Gulli and Joe Smith both are retiring at the end of the month.  I know I speak for
the entire branch when I wish both brothers a long and healthy retirement.  I also like to thank all the brothers and sisters in the Coatesville Post Office for putting a lot of time and effort
into having a awesome spread of food they put out at their own expense. It makes me feel good to see our brothers/sisters willing to go the extra yard for each other. Again, I thank all of
you for your kindness and generosity.

Best of health Vince and Joe.


Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

July 14, 2015

Newly converted CCAs annual leave

Newly Converted CCAs,

An national arbitration concerning the use of annual leave usage by newly converted CCAs has rejected the Union's contentions that the CCAs are not "new employees." Arbitrator Das
has concluded that the newly converted CCAs are "new employees" and therefore Section 512.313 of the ELM will be imposed.

Ninety Day Qualifying Period

Requirement. New employees are not credited with and may not take annual leave until they complete 90 days of continuous employment under one or more appointments without a
break in service.

If you have any questions please call the Union office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

June 30, 2015

Baseball Game

I would like to take a moment to personally thank all the people who attended the Phillies game on Sunday. The weather was perfect and there was plenty of food and "refreshments". I
heard a couple of our people took to some serious tailgating and "missed" the game.  Events like this are great because our brother and sisters get an opportunity to come together with
their families and have a good time. It is sometimes hard to get our members together at the same place because of how spread out the branch is, but kudos to all who participated in the
event. I hope to see more of these events in the future.  I would  also like to thank all the people who put this event together. Combined with them and the people who came out, made the
event very successful.

Good job,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

June 29, 2015

George Barbine Retirement

Congratulations goes out to George Barbine a Letter Carrier from the Media Post Office who retired after over 30 years of service. I know that the membership of Branch 725 wish George
a long and healthy retirement. George worked his entire career at the Media Post Office  Again, George enjoy your retirement and stay healthy.

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With MY Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

June 22, 2015

Effective immediately the new address for the Dispute Resolution Team (DRT) is:


NALC-USPS Dispute Resolution Team

Philadelphia District

600 Enterprise Rd.

Horsham, Pa. 19044


Any questions please call the Union Office.


Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

June 1, 2015

Retirees













It is my pleasure to announce the retirement of two of our brothers, Rob Rowe from the Sharon Hill /Folcroft Post Office and Rich Connor from the Clifton Heights Post Office. I know I
speak for the entire branch in wishing both the brothers a long and healthy retirement. Both the brothers had over thirty years of service.

Good luck Rob and Rich!

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

May 12, 2015

Million Mile Club










Congratulations go out to Jerry O'Neill from the Springfield/Lansdowne Post Office for becoming a member of the Million Mile Club. To become a member of this exclusive club is just
awesome. It also takes a lot of hard work to drive for over thirty years and not have an accident.

Again congrats Jerry for a job well done.

Fraternally, Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

April 28, 2015

Article 12

Shop Stewards,

Good news for the CCAs!! Article 12 has been lifted, effective April 21, 2015. Now we can move forward with the promoting the CCAs to routes that may become residual Hopefully, in the
near future the process will move forward and the CCAs will become career employees of the Postal Service.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

April 13, 2015

MDA Beef & Beer

To all the people who showed up for the Beef and Beer on Saturday at Tip O'Leary's, thank you. The event was very well attended by a lot of our brothers/Sisters. Many people also had
bought their friends and family.  I would like to personally thank everybody who supplied a basket to be auctioned off for MD. The event raised over $2,000.00 for MDA.  
Along with the people who showed up the people who organized the event deserve most of the credit for the success of this Beef and Beer.  Once again thank you for your support.

With My Best wishes,

Jim McCullough

April 8, 2015

By-Laws

Brothers/Sisters,

As per the By-Laws of Branch 725, you are hereby given notice as described in Article X- Amendments.

These By-Laws shall not be altered, amended or repealed except in the following manner:

Section 1. All changes other than by the By-laws committee must be in writing and submitted to the By-Law committee stating the Article and section to be changed and signed by at
least 25 eligible voting members. From that total, not more than 20% or five can be from the same station.

Section 2. All changes must be noted on call for the meeting at which they will be introduced.

Section 3. All changes will be discussed and amended at the meeting when introduced.

Section 4. All changes will be voted upon by a majority on the members present and voting at the Branch Meeting immediately following the one which the By-Law changes were
presented.

Section 5. No amendment to any By-Law changes will be accepted at the final voting Branch Meeting,.

Section 6. Suitable Notification to members will be made at least Ten days before any regular meeting at which a vote on an amendment to alter the By-Laws is made. changes will be
submitted to the NALC for approval.

The next regular meeting is May 6, 2015 at the Cheese Club in Havertown, Pa.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President Branch 725

April 6, 2015

CCA Probationary Period

Brothers/Sisters

A new Memorandum of Understanding dated April 1, 2015,
(M-01857) states that "City carrier assistances converted to full-time status during the term of this agreement will NOT serve a
probationary period when hired for a career appointment provided the employee successfully served a cumulative 360 days as a city carrier assistance directly before the conversion to
full time status."

I hope that will resolve any issues that both parties had with this issue.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

President

March 23, 2015

Congressional Breakfast

Good morning everyone,

Anyone interested in going to the congressional breakfast should make reservations as soon as possible. The dates are May 14 and 15. You must be a automatic contributor to
COLCPE and to be a registered voter. The hotel number is (202)737-1234.

Please call the Union Office if you are going.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough

March 6, 2015

DRT Training

Shop Stewards,

There is going to be Article 15 DRP training taken place on March 18th, 19th and 20th. I am requesting that all shop stewards go down for the training. You must go down to the training
with the person(s) who you deal with at the Informal "A" or Formal "A". That is very important. There is a morning class and an afternoon class. If you run into a problem call the Union
Office ASAP. The class on the 18th is at the tri-county office and the 19th and 20th is at the district office located at 70 th street in Philadelphia. The morning class is 10 to 12 and the
afternoon class is 1 to 3.  Most of the branches shop stewards have not had the DRP training, so it is imperative that you make one of these classes. Any more information please call
the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

February 1, 2015

Retirement

Another one of our brothers, Russ DeMaria has had the pleasure of retiring from the Post Office. Russ worked at the Ridley Park/Woodlyn Post Office. He was a Letter carrier for over
27 years with the Postal service. We wish Russ a long and happy retirement.














With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough

January 9, 2015

Retirement


















Congratulations go out to Mike Repace from the Sharon Hill Post Office on his recent retirement. Mike had over 40 years with the Post Office and I know we all wish Mike a long and
healthy retirement. .Mike was also a million mile award winner.


With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President branch 725

December 31, 2014

Retirees

Brothers/Sisters,


The New Year has come early for four of our members. Congratulations good out to Brothers Bob Battista and Rick McQuirns from the Bryn Mawr Post Office, and Mark Hoke from
the Havertown/Wynnewood Post Office and finally Sister Denise Morris from the Clifton Heights Post Office, they have all retired. I know that we all wish the new retirees a long and
healthy retirement.

Congratulations to all and everybody have a safe and healthy New Year.

Jim McCullough

President

December 23, 2014

Retirees

Brothers/Sisters,













Christmas came early this year for two of our members. Walt Umstetter from the Glenolden Post Office and Gerry Remaley from the Marcus Hook Post Office have retired on December
24th.  I know that all of you wish both the brothers a long and healthy retirement.

Merry Christmas to all the members of branch 725.

Happy Holidays,

Jim McCullough
President

December 16, 2014

Holiday Greeting

Brothers/Sisters,

Happy Holidays to you and your families, from the Executive Board of Branch 725. I hope the holiday season is a healthy and fun time of the year for all of you and your family. I am
sure that the days before Christmas were not a pleasant for you, because of the heavy volume and the reaction from Management on how they handle this time of the year.  I hope
that 2015 is less stressful to all of you, and that the Congress will offer some relief for the Postal Service.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Kwanzaa to all of the hard working men and women of Branch 725. Happy New Year

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President

November 25, 2014

Auxiliary Assistance

Attention Shop Stewards,

With the holiday season approaching you may at some point receive auxiliary assistance, to assist in delivering of packages. If you receive assistance it must be recorded on a PS
3996, and the time used must be recorded on the electronic time clock.  If the Post Office is delivering packages not designated Amazon Sunday delivery, these packages must also
be recorded on a PS 3996, and the time used must be recorded.  It is our job to make sure that everyone to take this very seriously, because the effects may produce an improper time
for your route.

Any Questions, please call the Union Office. Remember these times that are recorded may lead to improper route adjustments.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President 725

November 24, 2014

Thank You

Dear Brothers/Sisters,

On behalf of myself and my entire family, I would like to thank all of you for your prayers and condolences, on the passing of my mother. I know my mother would appreciate all of the
kind words and prayers that were spoken about her.  Once again, thank you for your kind thoughts. Happy thanksgiving.

With my best wishes,

Jim McCullough

November 13, 2014

Open Season

Brother/Sister,

Now that open season is here and you are looking to change plans, or are looking for price comparisons, please go to
opm.gov/insure and you will find a chart for all the FEHB plans
and their prices for both active and retirees.

Happy thanksgiving to you and your family.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

November 13, 2014

Million Mile Club









I would like to congratulate two Letter Carriers from the Glenolden Post Office, for joining the Million Mile Club. Walter Umstetter and Tom Feehrey are to be congratulated for an
awesome job. On behalf of the membership of Branch 725, I congratulate both men for a job well done.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

November 10, 2014

Cyber Intrusion

Brothers/Sisters,

The Postal Service recently learned of a cyber intrusion into some of our information systems.

What was compromised?

Files that contain employees information such as names, addresses, dates of birth social security numbers, dates of employment and emergency contacts for all active employees.

What should you do?

The Postal Service will be sending a letter to your address with an enrollment code for credit monitoring service that will provided free. Also you can visit Blue or Lite-Blue for more
information.

Stay alert.

Fraternally yours,
Jim McCullough
President

October 23, 2014

Shop Steward,

The NALC and the USPS have entered into a new route adjustment process. Part of the process is that Management is REQUIRED TO POST THE WORKHOUR WORKLOAD DAILY,in
every office.  

This is MANDATORY.

Jim McCullough
President 725

October 15, 2014

Penalty Overtime Exclusion Period

Shop Stewards,

The penalty overtime exclusion period for 2014, will begin in pay period 26-14 (December 6, 2014) and will end pay period 2-15-2015 (January 2, 2015.)

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

October 15, 2014

Health Care Open Season

Brothers/Sisters,

It's that time of the year again. Open season for Health Benefits will begin on November 10, 2014 and end on December 8, 2014. Please don't wait to the last minute if you wish to enroll
in a new health plan.

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President

October 15, 2014

Holiday Carrier Assistants

Brothers/Sisters,  You are going to love this one!!!! Effective 9-23-14, the Postal service may hire retired Letter Carriers as CCAs during the month of December. Are they kidding? Who in
their right mind would walk back into the Post Office as a CCA and be abused by the people they were trying to get away from?  Only in the Post Office!!!!!!!!

Fraternally,
Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

October 8, 2014

Voting for National Officers

Brothers/Sisters,

By now you should have received a ballot from the NALC. I cannot emphasis enough how important it is to vote. You cannot complain if you do not voice your choice for runs the Union
at the National Level. The branch would not infringe on your right to vote for whom you wish, but think before you vote. If you have not received a ballot in the mail, please call the Union
Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President

October 8, 2014

Benefit for a Brother

Brothers/Sisters,
A Letter Carrier named Bob Paxson from the Havertown Post Office had a stroke that has left him on a respirator, and in very bad shape. The Letter carriers in Upper Darby/Havertown
are running a benefit for the brother.  The benefit will be held at Tip O'Leary's, located on West Chester Pike (next to Kohl"s) in Havertown.  The date is October 25, 2014, at 8 PM to 11
PM. the cost of the benefit is $30..00 per person. If you cannot attend you can send donations in care of Michele DeFelice at the Havertown Post Office.  Please keep Bob in your
thoughts and prayers. As always I know that the Brothers/Sisters of Branch 725 will step up.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President

October 6, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

The branch has ordered the color coded calendars for 2015.   We will have the calendars at the November meeting in Folsom.  The calendars are $5.00 each.

Thanks,

Jim McCullough
President

October 6, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,






Good news! You will be receiving new scanners. The new scanners will be made available during the time period of November 10 thru November 14, 2014. The new scanners are one
piece and do not need a "phone" attached to it before it works. Lets hope that these scanners work better than the old ones. We will see!

Sincerely,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725

September 19, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,







I am proud to announce that Marty Mills a Letter Carrier in the Springfield/Lansdowne Post Office, has joined the Million Mile Safe Driver award. On behalf of the entire membership of
Branch 725, I would like to congratulate Marty for this awesome feat.

With My Best Wishes,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725  

August 28, 2014

Brothers/Sisters,

Now that the Postal service is starting route inspections in the upcoming weeks, it is very important that you are on the proper operation code. We have talked about you checking your
pay stubs to make sure that all the time that you have worked you are paid for, but don't be fooled, that if Management puts you on different operational codes, you get paid but it effects
your route time  The most common operation codes that takes legitimate route time disappear. Code 743 Carrier Customer Support Activities, Code 354 Standby-Delivery service, Code
782 Training-Delivery service, and code 632 Meeting Time-Delivery Services. If you are on any of these codes you will not receive time credit for your route. I will be sending a copy to your
office a list of operational codes.

Code 743 Carrier Customer Support Services, is used when for example you are reviewing lines of travel after a route adjustments, putting in new case labels.

Code 354 Standby-Delivery Service, is used when you have absolutely have no office or street work to do.

Code 782 Training-Delivery Service, is used when the Carrier is engaged in training activities such as Training on new equipment or are participating on a dry run for inspections.

Code 632, is used for time spent in meetings that don't usual occur on a normal basis such as a adjustment consultation.

Any questions please call the Union Office.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President NALC Branch 725

August 26, 2014

Shop Stewards,

It has come to my attention that some of the newly converted CCAs are being asked to be fingerprinted again. the Union has no problem with that, but we do have a problem with it done
off the clock. The converted CCAs are being told to report to Lindberg Blvd. off the clock or on their drop day to be fingerprinted, that is not proper.  Shop stewards file a grievance for the
time and the mileage. The grievance will probably be held for a National decision, but you must file so the converted CCA is part of the claim.

Fraternally,

Jim McCullough
President Branch 725


January 14, 2016

Gerry Gallagher's Retirement - Media Office























Pictures from left to right - Gerry getting his watch from Rhonda, his cake, Gerry getting his Irish on, Lisa Layman, Gerry Gallagher, Rhonda Massari, Vicki Russell (Poom) and Gerry's last
punch heading into retirement!

Today, Thursday, January 14, 2016 I had the honor and privilege of attending a retirement celebration at the Media Post Office for a stalwart supporter of letter carriers, dedicated shop
steward and dear friend Gerry Gallagher.  Gerry has been a fixture in the Media Post Office for 42 years.  His dedication and commitment to the letter carriers in his office and throughout
Branch 725 is second to none.  Gerry was honored by his fellow workers with a cake and kind words as they wished him well as he takes the next step into retirement.  Gerry, today you
stop working for someone else and start living for you and your family.  This is the day that you return home from work and say "Hi Honey, I'm home...forever"

On behalf of your Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very long, happy, and  healthy retirement.  You will be missed.

January 27, 2016

Winter storm Jonas

1)     All REGULAR Carriers should be paid admin leave for their regularly scheduled day – up to 8 hours if they were unable to travel to work on Saturday January 23, 2016.  .

2)     PTF carriers ON A HOLD-DOWN, should receive 8-hours admin leave for the day.  Otherwise PTF's are subject to the ELM 519 provisions.  

3)     OTDL carriers scheduled to work on 01/23/2016 because it was their N/S day DO NOT receive admin leave or any type of monetary compensation.

4)     Carriers whose N/S day was 01/23/2016 & were not scheduled for work – do not receive admin leave.  

5)     Regular, PTF, or CCA carriers who had approved leave for Saturday, January 23, 2016 are credited within their selected leave status.

6)     If a Regular or PTF carrier reported to work on 01/23/2016 and was told to leave early, admin leave is provided for the work day guarantee.

a.      So regular letter carriers receive leave up to 8- hours,

b.      PTF's receive 2 or 4 hours.

7)     If any carrier reported to work on 01/23/2016 and given the option of staying on the clock for their full tour, or use their annual leave to go home, and submitted a 3971 – we would – in
most cases agree – that the carrier was not eligible for administrative leave.

8)     CCAs who were unable to report to work because of the storm are not part of Article 10 of the National Agreement, and are not included within the provisions of Employee Labor
Relations Manual (ELM) Section 519 making them INELIGIBLE for administrative leave for 01/23/2015.


January 28, 2016

Cynthia King retirement - Media Office




















Cynthia King's last punch!
Recently retired Media letter carrier and Director of Health Benefits/MBA Gerry Gallagher stopped by to celebrate Cynthia's last day.
Branch President Rhonda Massari presented Cynthia with a Letter Carrier watch on behalf of the Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725

The Media post office is losing another seasoned carrier to retirement!  Please join me in congratulating Cynthia King as she walks through the swinging doors for the last time!


February 19, 2016

Dennis Fidorowicz Retirement - Ridley Park / Woodlyn Office


















Photos from left to right.   Dennis Fidorowicz being escorted into the Ridley Park Post Office by the Postal Police to celebrate his retirement.
Nancy Benson and Dennis
Employees of the Ridley Park Post Office
Dennis getting his watch from Rhonda

It was my pleasure to present a NALC watch to Dennis as he celebrated with co workers in the Ridley Park Post Office.  Everyone was on hand to say their goodbyes and well wishes.  
There was even a moving speech made by Nancy Benson which brought everyone to tears.  Please join me in wishing Dennis a very happy and healthy retirement.


March 16, 2016

BIDDING ISSUES

I have been receiving many calls lately from carriers expressing their concerns about issues they encountered while trying to place a bid on an open assignment.  I have learned that
when placing a bid online using a computer, you must use Internet Explorer.  If you try to use an Apple product which uses Safari you will experience the continuous circle as if it is trying
to process.  You will also find the same problem with Google Chrome. If you are experiencing this problem, ask a supervisor for access to the Post Office computer and ask for assistance
in placing your bid.  This will resolve your issue and will document your online bid.  If for any reason, you are denied access to a Post Office computer, please call the Branch office
immediately.   I hope you find this information useful.

March 24, 2016

Our very own Paul Graf gets recognized on the house floor! He will literally go down in history!!

CONGRESSIONAL RECORD
HOUSE SPEECHES AND INSERTS
PAGE E355
March 22, 2016
[Page E355]
IN RECOGNITION OF PAUL A. GRAF, JR.
HON. PATRICK MEEHAN
OF PENNSYLVANIA
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Mr. MEEHAN.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today to applaud Paul A. Graf, Jr. for his swift and courageous action to protect a family and their pets from an apartment fire.  Mr. Graf is a letter carrier for the United
States Postal Service. On February 16, 2016 while on his route, he noticed smoke coming from an apartment. He called 9-1-1 and took immediate action to make sure that there was no
one inside the apartment.  Mr. Graf’s actions prevented a possibly life-threatening tragedy. The Ridley Park community he serves and the greater Philadelphia area are grateful for his
vigilance and hard work on the job.
Source: Government Publishing Office

Click Here to see official record

April 15, 2016

Retiree Luncheon










NALC Branch 725 Retired members were celebrated during a luncheon held at the Lamb Tavern on April 14, 2016. There were over 80 members in attendance. Region 12 National
Business Agent Bill Lucini addressed the members on the upcoming election and emphasized the importance of staying involved in the political process by voting. National Director of
Retired Members Ron Watson honored the retirees by traveling from Washington DC to attend the luncheon. He thanked them for their past and continuing contributions to the Union.
Ron demonstrated the importance of contributing to the Letter Carrier Political Fund using volunteers Kevin Lomas and Rhonda Massari from the audience. The attendees enjoyed a
nice meal and reminisced with old friends. It was a very enjoyable afternoon.

April 19, 2016

Chester 30 Year Acknowledgements

I had the pleasure of attending a celebration at the Chester Post Office honoring those carriers who have dedicated their hard work and commitment for over 30 years!   It's a huge
accomplishment and to have so many in one location is truly amazing. On behalf of your Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725 Congratulations!!

















Chris Roman Barry Green, Rick Riley, Brenda Day, Mike Tancredi. Not pictured Margaret Polite


Dave Zaffarano 35 Years of Service - Ridley Park / Woodlyn Office

Another celebration at the Ridley Park Post Office! City carrier Dave Zaffarano celebrated over 35 years as a letter carrier. He was presented with a certificate of his accomplishment by
PM Palmer Wingfield. President Rhonda Massari was also present to offer congratulations on behalf of the Brothers and Sisters of Branch 725. Congratulations Dave on this amazing
milestone!


















Dave Zaffarano & Rhonda Massari            Dave Zaffarano & Palmer Wingfield

May 25, 2016

Million Mile Celebration

















The Lansdowne/Springfield Post Office was in full celebration mode on Tuesday May 24, 2016 as they honored 5 carriers who reached 30 year, million mile status.  Ed Reardon and Dan
Bissell (missing from photo) from our Branch as well as Ken Vetter, Al Campanile and Bruce Fagibli (missing from photo) from Lansdowne Branch  were honored.  On hand to join the
celebration and give out the coveted million mile jacket, plaque and safety pin were district manager Chu Fallingstar, NALC National Business Agent Bill Lucini, Safety Specialist Mark
Yacker, Lansdowne Vice President Bill Odougherty and Postmaster Jim Hamilton.  As we all know, to obtain a no vehicle accident status over the course of thirty years is a very difficult
thing to do and these carriers are to be commended. Please join me in congratulating (please fill in carriers names)on this momentous occasion.  Another amazing accomplishment for
the whole office is working safely for 196 days without any accident.  The Employees of the Lansdowne/Springfield should also be commended for such an amazing job. They are an
inspiration to all of us. Keep up the great work!  My hope is that each and every one of us works safely and returns home to our families  healthy every day. On behalf of all the Brothers
and Sisters of Branch 725, I would like to extend congratulations for a job well done.

June 3, 2016

Ray Johnson Retirement - Folsom / Glenolden













Ray Johnson of the Folsom/Glenolden Post Office has joined the coveted “ Last Punch Bunch”!  Today, June 3, 2016 was the last day that Ray will walk through those swinging doors.  
After 48 years of serving his customers with pride and dedication, Ray can now enjoy his retirement from a job well done.  Please join me in wishing Ray a very long,  happy and healthy
retirement.  Ray you will be missed. Congratulation!

June 30, 2016

It has been brought to my attention that management has been giving stand up talks and or orders concerning AMAZON PACKAGE DELIVERY BY AN INDEPENDENT SERVICE OR AN
AMAZON EMPLOYEE.  These talks or orders were about giving third party companies access to the USPS receptacles.   
The official position of the NALC and USPS Headquarters is as follows:

ANY parcel found by a letter carrier in a USPS receptacle that was delivered by a third party company are to be handled like any other item delivered to a mailbox without postage.  The
carrier should return it to the office.  If any of you receive instructions to the contrary, PLEASE call the Union office immediately.
Thank you very much for all you do today and every day

July 14, 2016        

CONGRATULATIONS!!









Today marked a very special day for the members of Branch 725.  We are now the proud owners of our very own Union Hall!  Settlement was made on the property at
613-617 W MacDade Blvd Milmont Park, Pa 19033. The renovations will begin very soon. Our plan is to have all the work done and moved in to our new space by September 1, 2016.  The
September meeting will still be held at the Cheese Club in Havertown and the Retiree Luncheon will still be held at the Lamb Tavern on Sept 15, 2016 at 12noon. We will begin our regular
monthly meetings at the new Union Hall beginning Wednesday October 5,2016. Stay tuned for updates along with pictures of the progress made.  I would like to personally thank all who
worked so hard and displayed such an amazing positive vision to make all this possible. To the Executive Board, thank you for seeing the vision and supporting our goals with a
steadfast devotion. A special thank you to Eric Jackson who went above and beyond to make sure the financials were in order and for coordinating the communication between the
realtors, lawyers and the members of the committee. To the Facilities committee, Chairperson Belinda Tridente, Gerry Gallagher, Rick Murphy, Tim Grover, Gary Smith, Bill Mellon and Eric
Jackson, thank you for the hours and hours of tedious work pouring over listings, giving of your time after a long hard day of delivering the mail to look at the many properties and finally
finding our new home!!  Words cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for the work you did for your brothers and sisters of Branch 725. Finally, thank YOU, the members of NALC
Branch 725 for your continued support. Without it, none of this would have been possible.

"Don't wait for the  PERFECT MOMENT, take the moment and make it PERFECT"!!

July 27, 2016

ATTENTION ALL DELEGATES!










The PA State Convention will be held on October 27-29, 2016 in State College PA.  Any delegate wishing to attend should call the Union office at 610-461-8333 to notify us of your
commitment to attend.    If you have any question or comments, please call the office.

Thank You!


FEGLI OPEN SEASON

For the first time in 12 years, CAREER Letter Carriers will have the opportunity to enroll or increase their coverage in the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI) without taking a
physical exam or waiting for a ‘qualifying life event”.   Please take this opportunity to assess your family’s needs and take advantage of this rare event. Open season is September 1, 2016
and runs through September 30, 2016.  For more information, please go to NALC.org or call the Union office.

September 14, 2016

Work In Progress





























Work in the new Union Hall is proceeding on schedule and we will be done with all the improvements to have our October 5, 2016 and all future monthly meetings in our very own Union
Hall!